I will be taking a vacation from work and blogging for the next 3 weeks. Watch for this blog to resume full operations near the end of August. I am reprinting an article I wrote for Slacker Manager on Retire Now.
I believe “retirement” does not mean full disengagement, just as I do not believe that work means full engagement. I will be weaving some “retirement” into my summer…
Retire now: Weave retirement into your work even if you are in your 20s
In about 10 years the number of young people getting into the workplace will no longer be enough to replace retirees.
Tim Cork, a career coach, stated in The Globe and Mail, “if you are fifty-something and you can expect to live into your 80s, you should be thinking of this as half-time and not the beginning of the end.”
He encourages older workers to think about a new career with these tips:
- focus on your strengths
- find your passion
- create your brand
- do your homework
- take action
- don’t be discouraged
- have a support system
I don’t know about you but this would be the same advice I have heard for recent graduates from high school or university.
If you are younger you may be expected to work longer in your life.
Don’t wait for retirement, retire now.
Retire now does not mean you stop working. It means you work at what interests you and what you care about.
Retire now means that you take vacations, breaks, and time with your family.
Retire now means you stop always trying to climb up the career ladder and enjoy being on the rung.
Retire now means you “stop trying harder and try softer.”
Retire now means you don’t always have to be connected or respond to each email within 22 seconds.
Retire now means that you make contributions to society and you fully develop yourself.
Retire now means you can take full satisfaction in what you have done in your life, even at 22 years of age!
Retire now means you learn from the past, look forward to the future, but live in the ever changing current now.
Retire now means that retirement is a part of working not apart from working.
Don’t wait for some magic age such as 50, 60 or 65. Don’t wait for some “retirement package.” Retire now.
Click, Slacker Manager, if you would like to read all 5 posts I wrote for Slacker Manager in the last week of July.
If you would like to read all 5 posts in David Zinger was lucky enough at 21 years of age, 32 years ago, to have listened carefully to Don, an 80 year-old-fried who said retirement was wasted on the elderly and that people 21 should be retired. David has been retired ever since while still actively working. Retirement is a way of living and working that can successfully reside within an active and full career.